Oscar Voting for Dummies: Best Supporting Actress

You might feel as though you’re torn in this category. There are so many great performances by five talented women – two or three of them could be considered lead. For instance, Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle is almost as much a lead as she was in Silver Linings...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Save the Psycho House!

Sign the petition at Change.org to save this historic monument. Change.org
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

If We Picked the Winners on RogerEbert.com

If you haven’t been reading their Oscar coverage over at RogerEbert.com you’re missing something. This week, as ballots continue to be outstanding (until the 25th at 5pm) select critics have been called upon to write up the contenders. Some of them are worth a...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Steve McQueen Named Polaris Project Ambassador

Steve McQueen continues to say during Oscar campaigning (yes, I said it – at least I didn’t “on the campaign trail,” which is what it feels like during Oscar season) that slavery has not been abolished, and continues throughout the world. Polaris Project,...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Kids Re-Enact Oscar Contenders

I love this but it probably is cuter if you’re a parent. I love the Gravity and 12 Years a Slave ones the best.
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

The Unbearable Stillness of Being a Slave

(SPOILERS) Another generation had its unbearable lightness. In 12 Years a Slave, we repeatedly bear witness to an unbearable stillness. A few times, it’s a tableau of a group of slaves seen from the waist up, ostensibly awaiting instructions. Another few times, it’s a close shot...